September 22, 2002 / Volume 6, Issue 38
36 Bible Texts Which Illustrate
One Can Fall From Grace

The religious world today is a false teacher's playground. In 2 Timothy 4:3-4, Paul wrote, "...the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables." Among the most prevalent of false doctrines today is that once a person is saved, that salvation cannot be lost. Below are listed 36 Bible texts which illustrate that one who has been saved can fall from the grace bestowed by God. Thanks to John Hains, who several years ago, supplied me with a set of notes, "Can A Christian Be Lost?", from which the following chart comes.

BIBLE TEXT DESCRIPTION OF SAVED DESCRIPTION OF SIN DESCRIPTION AFTER
Ezekiel 3:20; 18:24-26 righteous turns away, commits iniquity die in sin
Matthew 25:1-13 went to meet Christ five were foolish "I do not know you"
Matthew 25:14-30 Christís own slaves hid talent wicked lazy, cast into outer darkness, weep & gnash
Luke 8:13 received word with joy, believed temptation, persecution fall away
Luke 9:62 put hands to plow of kingdom looked back to former life not fit for kingdom
Luke 12:42-48 steward in charge of Christís servants beat slaves, drunkenness cut in pieces, assign with unbelievers
John 15:1-6 branches does not abide thrown away, dried up, burnt
Acts 4:32, 5:1-11 of those who believed lied to the Holy Spirit God struck dead
Acts 8:9-24 Simon the sorcerer believed, baptized, received HS offered money heart not right, wickedness, gall of bitterness, bond of iniquity
Acts 20:17, 28-30 elders, shepherds of the church false doctrine drawn away
Romans 11:13-23 wild olive, grafted in v 17, stand by faith v 20 unbelief, not continue, v 20, 22 not spared, cut off v 21-22
1 Corinthians 9:26-27 apostle Paul, preached to others body not slave Paul disqualified
1 Corinthians 10:1-12 standing (feel they are saved) v 12 immorality, crave evil, grumble fall v 12
Galatians 2:11-14 apostle Peter false doctrine, hypocrisy literal Greek, "stood condemned" v 11
Galatians 5:4 severed & fallen indicates previously joined and standing seeking to keep OLD TESTAMENT severed from Christ, fallen from grace
Galatians 6:1 restore indicates once saved caught in trespass needed to be restored
1 Timothy 1:18-20 Hymenaeus, Alexander: shipwreck indicates they once sailed good rejected faith and good conscience, blasphemed their personal faith shipwrecked, delivered to Satan
1 Timothy 4:1 fall away indicates once saved false doctrine fall away from faith
1 Timothy 5:8 passage addressed to Christians doesnít provide for family denied faith, worse than unbeliever
1 Timothy 6:10 passage addressed to Christians love of money wandered from faith, pierced selves with pangs
2 Timothy 2:16-18 Hymenaeus and Philetus: gone astray indicates once correct false doctrine: resurrection past gone astray, upset otherís faith as well
Hebrews 3:12 brethren evil, unbelieving fall away from God
Hebrews 4:1-2, 11 brethren, addressed to Christians unbelief, disobey short of Godís rest, fall
Hebrews 6:4-8 once enlightened, tasted heavenly gift, partakers of HS, Bible and powers to come, renew indicates restore to former cleanness sin fallen away, canít renew, crucified Christ again and put in open shame
Hebrews 10:26-31 received knowledge of truth, no longer remains indicates they once had forgiveness sinning willfully no forgiveness of sin, fearful judgment
Hebrews 10:38-39 Godís righteous, Christians shrinks back God has no pleasure in him, destruction
James 5:19-20 brethren, Christians strays from truth, sin soul will die in sins, sinner
1 Peter 5:8 Christians sin devoured by devil
2 Peter 2:1 Christians, "among you" had been bought by Christ false prophets swift destruction
2 Peter 2:20-22 escaped defilements of world by Christ, entangled again, returns to mire indicates they were once untangled and clean, known way of righteousness, had washed entangled, overcome, turned away, returns to vomit/mire last state worse than first, better they never had become a Christian
2 Peter 3:17 beloved, Christians carried away fall from own steadfastness
2 John 8-9 Christians, have accomplished not abide in doctrine, false doctrine lose, no reward doesnít have God
Revelation 2:4-5 Christians in Ephesus left first love fallen, lampstand removed
Revelation 3:5 Christians in Sardis deeds incomplete are dead
Revelation 3:16-17 Christians in Laodicea lukewarmness spit out of Christís mouth

Click here for this week's Answering The Atheist
The Bible says people choose not to come to Jesus (John 5:40), but also says that people can only come to Jesus if God wills (John 6:44). Is there a contradiction?


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